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New facilities will enhance Iggesund’s Asia service

New facilities will enhance Iggesund’s Asia service

| July 22, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard expects that its new sheeting and warehousing facilities in Taiwan will be operational by the end of this month. The new facilities are aimed at enhancing Iggesund’s distribution service in Asia, with the main aim being to shorten lead times. But the company said that it was not just establishing a distribution channel […]

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10 countries discuss ‘a world without tobacco’

10 countries discuss ‘a world without tobacco’

| July 21, 2015

The French Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, yesterday hosted in Paris ‘a world without tobacco’ conference attended by ministers from nine other countries, according to an Agence France Presse story relayed by the TMA. Touraine and ministers from Australia, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and Uruguay issued a joint statement claiming […]

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Indian state of Punjab ups its anti-tobacco crusade

Indian state of Punjab ups its anti-tobacco crusade

| July 21, 2015

The government of the Indian state of Punjab has constituted an empowered committee to carry forward its crusade against tobacco and ensure implementation of India’s Tobacco Control Act across the state, according to a Press Trust of India story. But the principal secretary of health, Vini Mahajan, was quoted as saying that the committee would […]

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Speed is the essence in plain packaging protest

Speed is the essence in plain packaging protest

| July 21, 2015

Protesting against a bill that would require all cigarettes in France to be sold in standardized packaging from May next year, tobacconists in the Midi-Pyrénées and Corrèze regions recently covered speed cameras with black trash bags, according to a France 24 story relayed by the TMA. Frédéric Vergnes, president of Corrèze’s tobacconist union, was quoted […]

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Nepal’s cigarette factories in taxing position

Nepal’s cigarette factories in taxing position

| July 21, 2015

Nepal’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has removed its officials from cigarette factories and authorized tobacco companies to make declarations about their own inputs and outputs, according to a Republica story. Ram Mani Dawadi, deputy director general at the IRD, was quoted as saying that the self-declaration system had been implemented on a trial basis at […]

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Early bird deadline set for CORESTA registrations

Early bird deadline set for CORESTA registrations

| July 21, 2015

The early bird registration deadline for CORESTA’s Joint Study Group Meetings has been set at July 31, according to a note issued by the organization’s Secretariat. The Smoke Science and Product Technology (SSPT15) meeting is due to be held at Jeju, South Korea, on October 4-8 (www.sspt2015.org); while the Agronomy & Leaf Integrity and Phytopathology […]

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ISO certification for Borgwaldt Flavor

ISO certification for Borgwaldt Flavor

| July 20, 2015

Borgwaldt Flavor has received the DIN EN ISO 22000:2005 certificate for the production of flavors and ingredients for the food and luxury food industry from the SGS United Kingdom Ltd. Systems & Services Certification. Andreas Briel, managing director of Borgwaldt Flavor, describes ISO 22000 as a pyramid. “The base of the pyramid is made up […]

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Plans for JTI plant in Taiwan meeting opposition

Plans for JTI plant in Taiwan meeting opposition

| July 20, 2015

Japan Tobacco International is aiming to invest more than US$300 million to establish a production plant at Tainan, Taiwan, but the project is meeting with opposition, according to a Want China Times story. The Times said the plant, at Tainan’s Technological Industrial Park, was due to become operational by February next year. But the John […]

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EU scrutinizing Hungary’s tobacco turnover tax

EU scrutinizing Hungary’s tobacco turnover tax

| July 20, 2015

The European Commission has opened two separate ‘in-depth’ investigations to examine further whether two recent Hungarian tax measures with steeply progressive rate structures are in line with EU state aid rules. One measure concerns a tax on turnover from the production of and trade in tobacco products, while the other concerns a food chain inspection […]

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Warnings issued on dangers of ‘very light smoking’

Warnings issued on dangers of ‘very light smoking’

| July 20, 2015

While the overall smoking rate is falling in the US, one group is bucking the trend – young women who opt for ‘very light smoking’, according to a HealthDay News story citing the results of a new study. The study, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, defined a very light habit as smoking five […]

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Andhra auction season being extended

Andhra auction season being extended

| July 20, 2015

The Tobacco Board of India is extending to the end of September the flue-cured tobacco auctions currently being staged in Andhra Pradesh because of the slow rate of sales, according to a Business Standard story relayed by the TMA. Only 58 million kg have been sold so far this year, compared to 105 million kg […]

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Zimbabwe’s growers take eight percent price hit

Zimbabwe’s growers take eight percent price hit

| July 20, 2015

Zimbabwe’s 2015 flue-cured tobacco marketing season ended on Wednesday with growers taking a nearly eight percent hit on prices, according to a New Zimbabwe story. Grower prices were down from US$3.20 last season to US$2.95 this season. At the same time, volume sales were said to be down by 8.5 percent to 188.5 million kg […]

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PMI’s shipment volume down in second quarter

PMI’s shipment volume down in second quarter

| July 17, 2015

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the second quarter to the end of June, at 219,833 million, was down by 1.3 per cent on that of the second quarter of 2014, 222,801 million. Excluding the effect of acquisitions, shipment volume was down by 1.4 percent. Volume was down in each of its four regions: […]

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PMI and Altria extending e-vapor co-operation

PMI and Altria extending e-vapor co-operation

| July 17, 2015

Philip Morris International announced yesterday the extension of its December 13 strategic framework with the Altria Group to include a joint research, development and technology sharing agreement. ‘The additional Agreement provides the framework under which PMI and Altria will collaborate to develop the next generation of e-vapor products for commercialization in the United States by […]

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SM and PMI to dissolve smokeless joint venture

SM and PMI to dissolve smokeless joint venture

| July 17, 2015

Swedish Match and Philip Morris International have mutually agreed to dissolve their joint venture agreement relating to the sale of smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the US. The joint venture, SMPM International, which was owned on a 50/50 basis by Swedish Match and PMI, was established in 2009. In a press note, Swedish Match […]

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Swedish Match’s second quarter sales increased

Swedish Match’s second quarter sales increased

| July 17, 2015

Swedish Match’s sales during the second quarter to the end of June, at SEK3,644 million, were up by nine percent on those of the second quarter of 2014, SEK3,339 million. Operating profit, excluding SM’s share of net profit from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) and larger one-off items, increased by nine percent to SEK937 million, […]

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BAT welcomes BSI vaping-product guidelines

BAT welcomes BSI vaping-product guidelines

| July 17, 2015

British American Tobacco has welcomed vaping-product guidelines issued yesterday by the British Standards Institution (BSI). The guidelines set quality and safety standards for vaping products, including electronic cigarettes and e-liquids. “We are supportive of the BSI specifications for e-cigarettes and believe that they have the potential to grow this important category by giving the appropriate […]

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Smokers have reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease

Smokers have reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease

| July 16, 2015

When compared with non-smokers, smokers have a 36-50 percent reduced risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease, according to a Helsingin Sanomat story citing research carried out in Finland. The story, relayed by the TMA, said also that consuming coffee reduced the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 33 percent. The researchers, who were based at the University […]

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E-cigarette vapor performs like air in human airways

E-cigarette vapor performs like air in human airways

| July 16, 2015

Vapor from two different types of electronic cigarettes had no cytotoxic impact on human airway tissue, according to a eurekalert.org story citing new research published in Toxicology in Vitro (DOI: 10.1016/j.tiv.2015.05.018). Scientists at British American Tobacco and MatTek Corporation were said to have used a unique combination of tests to investigate the potential adverse effects […]

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Indonesia wary that excise hike would hit smoking

Indonesia wary that excise hike would hit smoking

| July 16, 2015

In a reversal of the received wisdom on tobacco tax, the Indonesian government has said that it will not be increasing excise on cigarettes because such a rise might make them unaffordable for many people, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe. The director general of the Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of Customs (DGC), […]

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Nepal’s cigarette excise duty raised “slightly”

Nepal’s cigarette excise duty raised “slightly”

| July 16, 2015

An excise duty-increase will raise the prices of cigarettes in Nepal from tomorrow, according to a Republica story. A similar increase will affect also alcohol. The budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which the Minister for Finance Ram Sharan Mahat presented on Tuesday, raised the excise duty on cigarettes by up to 11 percent and that […]

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Altria to host second quarter results webcast

Altria to host second quarter results webcast

| July 16, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at altria.com from 09.00 Eastern Time on July 29 to discuss its 2015 second-quarter business results. The company will issue a results press note about 07.00 on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, chairman, CEO and president, Marty […]

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ITC board member to sit on RAI board

ITC board member to sit on RAI board

| July 16, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors had elected Robert Lerwill, the retired CEO of the Aegis Group, as a Class II director, effective immediately. Lerwill, who fills the board vacancy created by the death of Sir Nicholas Scheele in July 2014, will serve on the board’s compensation and leadership development committee. […]

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Farmers’ leader says Zimbabwe needs smaller crops

Farmers’ leader says Zimbabwe needs smaller crops

| July 15, 2015

The president of the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU), Wonder Chabikwa, has said that Zimbabwe needs to grow smaller crops in the future, according to a NewsDay story. He said the CFU believed that if crops were smaller, the quality would improve and demand would increase. Zimbabwe has had a difficult marketing season this year, reportedly […]

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Court orders implementation of bigger warnings rule

Court orders implementation of bigger warnings rule

| July 15, 2015

An Indian court has directed the federal government to implement a regulation requiring bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, according to a Reuters story. The measure had been put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel. The government last year decided that 85 percent of a tobacco pack’s surface should be covered in […]

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